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Kamado Grill Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about our kamado grills. We hope this article will help you have a better understanding of kamado grills. If you think of a question that didn't make the list, give us a call!

Why buy a kamado grill online?

Our Kamado or Ceramic Grills include the brands Kamado Joe, Primo, and Grill Dome. We carry a very large selection of Big Green Egg similar grills for your outdoor kitchen, which makes for versatility in your outdoor cooking and looks great in your outdoor kitchen. So let us help you create the perfect BBQ grilling solution for your outdoor cooking needs. Our ceramic grill knowledge and customer satisfaction commitment is second to none.

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What is a kamado grill and what are they used for?

The concept of a ceramic grill was first introduced over 3,000 years ago in Asia. Some of the oldest clay cooking vessels have been found in China, and eventually the clay was replaced by ceramics. The modern concept of a kamado grill was first introduced in the USA after the Second World War. The name "kamado" is, in fact, the Japanese word for "stove" or "cooking range". Today, kamado is a general term for a ceramic grill and they have many uses such as smoking, baking, roasting, and grilling.

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What is the difference between a kamado grill and a conventional charcoal grill?

Most kamado grills have a ceramic body. The ceramics have superior heat retaining characteristics as opposed to metal charcoal grills. The enclosed design of a kamado grill has better flavor because smoke and moisture is well contained inside the grill, allowing it to penetrate the food more deeply. The start up time is also significantly less with a kamado grill, it's ready for cooking in 15 minutes. Weatherproof ceramics also won't rust and the surface stays cooler than metal grills.

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There are many different styles of kamado grills. How do I know which one I should buy?

There are a few important factors to consider. If versatility is important, consider what accessories the brand offers. Most kamado brands have accessories such as extended cooking racks, drip pans, and pizza stones. Primo has a firebox divider accessory, which is useful for indirect cooking. Kamados also come in different shapes and sizes as well, and you should consider what size is best for you. Grill Dome produces their grills in five different colors, so that is something to consider as well.

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Do I cook with the lid up or down?

Kamado grills are designed to cook with the lid down unless adding, removing, or turning your food. Cooking with the lid down will ensure you hold in all the heat and moisture to produce the best tasting food.

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I've heard the kamado grills are good for smoking. Do they also work well for hamburgers, steaks, and other types of food?

Yes, kamado grills are incredibly versatile! They are great for all types of grilling applications.

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Why is natural lump charcoal recommended for kamados?

Natural lump charcoal is recommended because it burns more efficiently and hotter than briquettes. Natural charcoal is made from charred hardwoods like oak, hickory, and maple, so it also contributes better flavor. Since it burns more efficiently, less charcoal is needed so natural charcoal is also more economical. There are no chemicals, produces little ash, and is environmentally sustainable.

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What is the best way to light a kamado grill?

We recommend using an electric charcoal starter. They are easy to use and can have your charcoal lit in 60 seconds. Another option is to use a charcoal chimney starter. Simply fill the top with charcoal, newspaper in the bottom, and light. Using lighter fluid or other flammable liquids with your kamado is not recommended. Lighter fluids will soak into the ceramic and can produce an odor when used in kamados.

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Is it hard to cook with a kamado grill?

It's very easy to use a kamado, but there is a slight learning curve. Kamados are very forgiving grills but they take some time to get used to. It's completely different than cooking with a conventional charcoal grill. Ceramic kamado grills are very efficient in maintaining temperatures, and once you reach your desired temperature constant tending is not required. If the grill gets hotter than your desired temperature, it can be difficult to lower the temperature because of the nature of ceramics.

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Is a kamado grill safe to use during inclement weather?

Yes, as long as it is safe to be outdoors you can use your kamado grill. Ceramic kamados are not affected by cold weather or rain although using a grill cover is recommended to protect your kamado when not in use.

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